23 June 2020
If you suffer from back pain located in one or more areas of the spine (neck, mid-back, lower back or pelvis) and, particularly if your symptoms have been present permanently or intermittently for years, you might be aware of or even being diagnosed with the label “non-specific back pain”. These words indicate that no identifiable cause of pain can be found which is the case in a vast majority of patients. However, there is a group of disorders that is clearly different and that should be considered particularly if your pain has some or all of the characteristics described later in this text.
26 May 2020
While most adults suffer low back pain at some point, persistent and on-going pain beyond 3 months is less common and can act as a more severe condition which affects all aspects of a person's life. Therefore, it is important to find out why the patient is suffering but also focus on the physical and psychological wellbeing.
11 May 2020
If you underwent an MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging) of your spine, you would probably have a report with several incomprehensible medical terms. This article will explain the most common terms you will encounter and what their implications are for you, if you find them in your MRI report.
29 November 2019
We are pleased to announce that we have a new video available on our website about the surgical treatment of spinal stenosis. The range of treatment options for spinal stenosis, and the risks and benefits of each, should be discussed with your doctor.
29 November 2019
We're pleased to announce that we have a new video available on our website talking about lumbar spinal stenosis and its symptoms. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal - the space within the vertebrae for the nerves.
12 November 2019
This is a topical issue raised by patients who want their back fixed. As you may know, Tiger Woods returned to win the US Masters competition in 2019, having left competitive golf in 2014 due to intractable back pain. Having had multiple operations on his knees, he then required a discectomy and a laminectomy for disc degeneration and nerve compression. With further difficulties in his back, Tiger had an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion, or ALIF.
8 October 2019
Wednesday, 16 October, the first day of the Annual Meeting, coincides with World Spine Day this year. The aim is to raise awareness of back pain and other spinal issues.
25 September 2019
During EUROSPINE 2019, the patient information event will be held in Finnish on Wednesday, 16 October from 14:30–17:00 in room 208 at the congress venue. The entry is free of charge.
13 August 2019
We live in an era where health information is available at your fingertips through search engines, and everyone can publish their advice online. It can be challenging to distinguish between expert opinions and common myths about posture, in particular as it relates to posture and back pain in young digital natives. That's why we quote in this article some of the recent expert studies on the topic of posture and digital natives.
13 April 2018
PATIENT LINE asked spine professionals what they would advise a patient who is not certain about whether or not to go ahead with surgery.
7 February 2018
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10 October 2017
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21 September 2017
Written by Derek T. Cawley
9 September 2017
Listen to 3 basic messages given by Tamar Pincus, Chair of the Patient Line Committee.